BYZANTINE CHURCHES its journey to the Mongolian court, and there in due time Maria was wedded to Abaga, the son and successor of Holagu> after the bridegroom had received^ it is saidl Christian baptism.1 FIG. 94.—S. MARY OF THE MONGOLS. INTERIOR. In 1281 Abaga was poisoned by his brother Achmed32 and Maria deemed it prudent, and doubtless welcome^ after an absence of sixteen years, to return to Constantinople. She appears again in history during the reign of her brother l,Pachym. ii. pp. 174-75, 2 Muralt, Essai de chronographte byzantine, vol. ii. ad annum.